Rinkitink In Oz
Ozma had seen in her Magic Picture the liberation of Inga's parents and the departure of
the entire party for the Emerald City, so with her usual hospitality she ordered a splendid
banquet prepared and invited all her quaint friends who were then in the Emerald City to
be present that evening to meet the strangers who were to become her guests.
Glinda, also, in her wonderful Record Book had learned of the events that had taken
place in the caverns of the Nome King and she became especially interested in the
enchantment of the Prince of Boboland. So she hastily prepared several of her most
powerful charms and then summoned her flock of sixteen white storks, which swiftly
bore her to Ozma's palace. She arrived there before the Red Wagon did and was warmly
greeted by the girl Ruler.
Realizing that the costume of Queen Garee of Pingaree must have become sadly worn
and frayed, owing to her hardships and adventures, Ozma ordered a royal outfit prepared
for the good Queen and had it laid in her chamber ready for her to put on as soon as she
arrived, so she would not be shamed at the banquet. New costumes were also provided
for King Kitticut and King Rinkitink and Prince Inga, all cut and made and embellished
in the elaborate and becoming style then prevalent in the Land of Oz, and as soon as the
party arrived at the palace Ozma's guests were escorted by her servants to their rooms,
that they might bathe and dress themselves.
Glinda the Sorceress and the Wizard of Oz took charge of Bilbil the goat and went to a
private room where they were not likely to be interrupted. Glinda first questioned Bilbil
long and earnestly about the manner of his enchantment and the ceremony that had been
used by the magician who enchanted him. At first Bilbil protested that he did not want to
be restored to his natural shape, saying that he had been forever disgraced in the eyes of
his people and of the entire world by being obliged to exist as a scrawny, scraggly goat.
But Glinda pointed out that any person who incurred the enmity of a wicked magician
was liable to suffer a similar fate, and assured him that his misfortune would make him
better beloved by his subjects when he returned to them freed from his dire enchantment.
Bilbil was finally convinced of the truth of this assertion and agreed to submit to the
experiments of Glinda and the Wizard, who knew they had a hard task before them and
were not at all sure they could succeed. We know that Glinda is the most complete
mistress of magic who has ever existed, and she was wise enough to guess that the clever
but evil magician who had enchanted Prince Bobo had used a spell that would puzzle any
ordinary wizard or sorcerer to break; therefore she had given the matter much shrewd
thought and hoped she had conceived a plan that would succeed. But because she was not
positive of success she would have no one present at the incantation except her assistant,
the Wizard of Oz.
First she transformed Bilbil the goat into a lamb, and this was done quite easily. Next she
transformed the lamb into an ostrich, giving it two legs and feet instead of four. Then she
tried to transform the ostrich into the original Prince Bobo, but this incantation was an
utter failure. Glinda was not discouraged, however, but by a powerful spell transformed
the ostrich into a tottenhot -- which is a lower form of a man. Then the tottenhot was
transformed into a mifket, which was a great step in advance and, finally, Glinda